Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways.
Delta State is one of only 63 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.
The selection was based on the university’s score earned on the Transfer Honor Roll application. Scores were determined based on institutional partnerships, community college collaboration, pre and post transfer institutional support, data tracking, and transfer pathway innovations.
Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State will continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.
“Delta State prides itself on serving transfer students with the same enthusiasm as freshmen,” said McAdams. “Many students attend community colleges for a year or two, for a variety of reasons, and fully intend to complete a bachelor’s degree. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”
McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an “Academic Map” to help students navigate through their bachelor’s degree requirements.
“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.
Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting at Delta State, was thrilled with the designation.
“The recruiting team supports Delta State’s mission, programs, initiatives and people every day — and we truly believe that any student can benefit in their own way by attending our university,” said Thompson. “There is a great deal of time dedicated by staff and faculty to recruiting new students, so for Delta State to be recognized for these efforts is certainly an honor that makes the job that much more rewarding.”
Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Support Services Officer Jennifer Blalock said the new recognition program reflects the growing importance of universities helping students achieve college completion goals.
“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice, in the pursuit of a quality, affordable baccalaureate degree,” Blalock said. “With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions that value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success.”
The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Learn more at www.ptk.org.
McAdams added urged those considering a transfer to Delta State to contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020.